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Meaning of aesthetic

aes•thet•ic

Pronunciation: (es-thet'ik or, esp. Brit., ēs-), [key]
— adj.
  1. pertaining to a sense of the beautiful or to the science of aesthetics.
  2. having a sense of the beautiful; characterized by a love of beauty.
  3. pertaining to, involving, or concerned with pure emotion and sensation as opposed to pure intellectuality.
—n.
  1. a philosophical theory or idea of what is aesthetically valid at a given time and place: the clean lines, bare surfaces, and sense of space that bespeak the machine-age aesthetic.
  2. aesthetics.
  3. the study of the nature of sensation.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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